Sweet Potato Cake Pops, #SundaySupper

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Friday, February 1, 2013


On February 3rd football’s biggest battle occurs between the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers. The Ravens’ Offensive Tackle, Michael Oher and his adopted family are not new to the spotlight. He was the subject of the film, Blindside. The movie also brought an Oscar to Sandra Bullock for her portrayal of Michael Oher’s adopted mother, Leigh Anne Tuohy.

I was so touched by Michael Oher’s great big heart and the Tuohys’ generosity of spirit that I’m cheering for the Baltimore Ravens. (Even though I might be expected to root for the San Francisco 49ers since I live in California.)

Super Bowl is here! (Photo Credit)

No matter who you're rooting for, if you have football fans in your house, I'm sure you want your Super Bowl party to be a winner. If you need some last minute inspiration, check out the #SundaySupper food bloggers' cheer-evoking dishes and desserts for Super Bowl parties.

On February 3rd we will meet on Twitter at 7 p.m. ET to share the recipes. (30 minutes after the 6:30 p.m. ET kick-off.) Use hashtag (#) in front of SundaySupper to join the conversation.

The Ninja Baker’s contribution to the gathering was inspired by the southern origins of Michael Oher's family. They're from Memphis, Tennessee where Michael's sister, Collins Tuohy is the co-owner of the Whimsy Cookie Company which specializes in custom-made sugar cookies and designs.

Gluten-Free, Vegan Sweet Potato Cake Pops

Since sweet potatoes play a starring role in Southern cuisine. (Sweet potato pie, sweet potato casserole.) The Ninja Baker's contribution to the Sunday Supper gathering is Gluten-Free, Vegan Sweet Potato Cake Pops. 

In Japan, the sweet potato is also cherished produce. Satsuma-imo from Kyushu, the Southern part of Japan is a favorite of most Japanese. Hot satsuma-imo wrapped in newspapers as well as caramelized slices of the sweet potato are but a few of the winter wonders in Japan.

 Sweet Potato Cake Pops which have yet to be dipped
in white chocolate are scrumptious, too.

The Ninja Baker’s Gluten-Free, Vegan Sweet Potato Cake Pops are adapted from a recipe given to me by Joyce Kramer, a friend and award-winning co-author of Invisible No More: The Secret Lives of Women Over 50. The original recipe is apparently in Ellen Jaffee Jones’ Eat Vegan on $4 a Day.

If you like moist spice cake with a hit of sweet white chocolate, you’ll love my cake pops!

The Ninja Baker’s Gluten-Free, Vegan Sweet Potato Cake Pops
Yields approximately 45 cake pops

1 ½ cups rice flour blend
½ cup Amaranth flour
1 T baking powder
½ t baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 teaspoon Penzeys cake spice
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
½ cup dried cranberries
¼ cup unsweetened coconut
1 ¾ c cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
¼ c vanilla agave + 2 T (generous serving)
½ c water
¼ teaspoon coconut extract

  • Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  • Coat cake pop tins with butter flavored cooking spray.
  • Whisk dry ingredients together.
  • Combine the mashed sweet potatoes, agave, water and coconut extract mixture in a separate bowl.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the potato mixture.
  • Fill the cake pop tins with a mini ice cream scooper.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Cool on a rack for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Remove the cake pops from the tin.
  • Cool completely and place in the freezer.
  • After about 30 minutes, stick 6-inch cookie sticks into the centers of the cakes.
  • Melt white chocolate candy bits over a double boiler.
  • Swirl the cake pops into the melted candy.

It’s helpful to have a cake pop stand ready. Or have one of those green rounds used by florists for their flower creations.

Plain or frosted, the Ninja Baker's Sweet Potato Cake Pops are perfect party fare smiley

Serve and enjoy your Super Bowl Sunday!

To complete your football soirée festivities, check out the other Super Bowl #SundaySupper recipes. 

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Wishing you friends and family with hearts as big as Michael Oher and the Tuohys to enjoy the game.

The Ninja Baker

© ™ Watkinson 2012

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Great pops!

I love that you took inspiration from the South and the amazing Oher family for these. Blindside is one of my favorite movies. Your cake pops are beautiful and perfect for a party! I've noticed in Southeast Asian cooking, the sweet potatoes tend to be white inside, sometimes with purple peels, instead of our orange ones. Which ones do they have in Japan?

You are so astute, Stacy.

You are so astute, Stacy. Love how well-versed you are in the many lands where you have lived. I didn't know Southeast Asian sweet potatoes which are white inside. Satsuma-imo (sweet potato from Southern Kyushu) is purple on the outside and yellow-orange-ish on the inside.

What an amazing treat for the

What an amazing treat for the Super Bowl! I love how you tied in the Ravens and your Japanese heritage with these irresistible sweet potato pops. These would certainly disappear quickly at any party, Kim! Beautifully done!

The spice does seem to

The spice does seem to complement the sweet potato nicely...BTW, Renee, I posted your stellar Magnolia Days Muffuletta Skewers on Pinterest =)

Thanks, Susan!

Thanks, Susan! Your Girl in the Little Red Kitchen popcorn with bacon was a super Super Bowl idea, too =) P.s. Very much appreciated the cute picture of your pug, too.

Cooking Quidnunc is very cute

Cooking Quidnunc is very cute and clever. Not only do I like your web site title, I very much appreciate your sharing the fabulous (and healthy!) macaroon recipe.

Kim, you're brilliant for

Kim, you're brilliant for using sweet potato in these cake pops. Why should the noble sweet potato be relegated to Thanksgiving? I eat it all year round and would love it in a baked good. That way I can convince myself that eating ten of these babies smothered in chocolate is "healthy" ;) I loved the Blind Side - I watch it every time it's on tv. Yay for Sandra Bullock, who is one hell of a classy lady. It gave me great satisfaction to watch her win her Oscar and rise to the top after breaking up with her scumbag ex-husband.

Nancy, You always make me

Nancy, You always make me smile =) I'd say the humble sweet potato but why not say this simple country (田舎rural area) is noble? Anyway, very much appreciate your taking time from Gotta Get Baked, your business, your precious husband and doggy to visit the Ninja Baker!